Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Cale Makar had a goal and an assist and Alexander Georgiev had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. The team made 34 saves (1-0-0).
“Obviously, we want to make sure we get up to speed when the season starts,” Makar said. “We have a lot of guys on this team that can contribute.”
Carl Grundstrom and Quinton Byfield each had a goal and Cam Talbot allowed four goals on 36 shots for the Kings (0-1-0), who also had a season-opening Opening game. They lost their sixth straight game at home to Colorado.
“Obviously, it’s not the result we wanted, but I think as a team we’ve gotten more out of it,” said Los Angeles forward Alex Laferriere, making his NHL debut.
At 4 minutes and 59 seconds into the third quarter, Rantanen tipped in Jack Johnson’s shot from the left, giving the Avalanche a 4-2 lead.
Colorado’s top lineup, including Jonathan Drouin, who made his first appearance with the team after signing a one-year deal on July 1, totaled 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists), And get +6 points.
“They created a bunch as soon as they came out and skated,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “They were a little stubborn with the puck in the neutral zone at times. But they were also able to make a lot of good plays and create a lot of scoring chances, so they had a little more wiggle room in those areas than others. When the game got into the third period, They were very disciplined with the ball.”
Miles Wood scored an empty goal at 16:08 to make the final 5-2.